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Watch: Les Enfants Terribles rehearsals and insights

Get an exclusive glimpse into choreographer Javier De Frutos's new production of Philip Glass's dance-opera.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

11 January 2017 at 9.00pm | 2 Comments

Rehearsals for The Royal Ballet's Les Enfants Terribles were recently livestreamed for free via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel.

Later this month, choreographer Javier De Frutos presents a new production of Philip Glass’s dance-opera inspired by Jean Cocteau’s surrealist novel. The work is an exciting collaboration of opera and classical dance, featuring members of The Royal Ballet and leading lights of the contemporary and classical dance scene. The piece will be staged at the the Barbican in celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday.

Presented by BBC Radio 3’s Sara Mohr-Pietsch, the Insights event offered viewers a rare insight into the fusion of these two art forms, with several rehearsal and discussion segments featuring the Venezuelan choreographer and artists of The Royal Ballet, including Edward Watson and Zenaida Yanowsky.

Audiences were also given an in-depth introduction to the music with conductor Timothy Burke and Jette Parker Young Artists Jennifer Davis, Gyula Nagy and Emily Edmonds who performed parts of Glass's impressive score.

The full event is now available to watch on-demand.

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Les Enfants Terribles runs 27 - 29 January 2016 at the Barbican.
Tickets have now sold out but, returns may become available.

Find out more about our Insights events.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Nick responded on 12 January 2017 at 7:41pm Reply

    I was lucky enough to be there last night and also have tickets for The Barbican. I go to a fair few ballets but confess to knowing next to nothing about opera, and found the whole evening fascinating, particularly Javier De Frutos' and Timothy Burke's insights.

    Thanks to everyone concerned and I'm really looking forward to seeing the performance.

  2. Susannah Wight responded on 30 January 2017 at 4:06pm Reply

    Indeed, this was one of the most rewarding productions I have ever been to from the RO and RB, it was fabulous and hugely enjoyable on so many levels. I very much hope you can revive it before long. So much effort for just three performances. Thank you to all involved, and to RO management for letting us see the Insight evening as well.

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